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Home Criminal Law Explained Engaging In Organized Criminal Activity


My experience shows that a

good criminal defense attorney

can usually get this charge

Lowered or Dismissed

-Steve Hamer, Criminal Defense Attorney


Engaging In Organized Criminal Activity (EIOCA) is a difficult offense for a prosecutor to prove. However, EIOCA is a common offense for which police arrest people every day in Texas.

My experience shows that a good criminal defense attorney can usually have this charge lowered, or dismissed altogether. If not, the prosecutor will have a tough job trying to convict.

Extremely Simplified Explanation… The State Must Prove beyond all reasonable doubt that:

Defendant Intended to commit one of the listed crimes, and Intended to establish, maintain, or participate in, a group of 3 or more people, in which the members Intended to work together in a continuing course of criminal activities.

This “continuing course of criminal activities” requires more than just proof that defendant(s) worked together to commit a crime. There must be continuity.[1]

Evidence of multiple criminal violations alone, also does not establish this continuity.[2]



[1] Nguyen, 1 S.W.3d at 696-97.

[2] Ross v. State, 9 S.W.3d 878, 880 (Tex. App.—Austin 2000, pet. ref’d).